After vanquishing their bitter rivals from Madrid again on Wednesday, Barcelona face arguably a bigger foe this weekend – their mediocre La Liga away record.
Just three wins in eight away matches is the sole reason why the Catalans trail Real Madrid by five points. That makes it difficult at first glance to justify odds as short as 7/25 for a Barca win at a Malaga side this Sunday who for their part have lost just one home match this season.
Nevertheless, going into the halfway point of the league season there are reasons Barca should definitely pick up a win on the road this weekend.
Barcelona have scored just one goal in a remarkable nine of their past 15 Primera Division away matches.
Principal amongst these is Malaga’s desperate current form. No win in five league matches has led to rumblings of discontent with manager Manuel Pellegrini.
With Malaga’s defensive inconsistency flaring up of late they are unlikely to mount the kind of gritty showing that has stopped Bareclona in their tracks away from home this season.
Odds of 9/1 on Malaga to win at the Rosaleda might tempt some, as might 17/4 for the draw, but both fly in the face of recent form.
Meanwhile, betting on scores promises some good returns.
Barcelona have scored just one goal in a remarkable nine of their past 15 Primera Division away matches. That makes backing a 0-1 victory for Barca at 27/4 a tempting bet, along with a punt on Barcelona to score one goal – priced at 31/10.
A successful £25 free bet on Barcelona to win 1-0 is set to return £193.75, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
Backing Barcelona to win by one goal at 14/5 is also great value, seeing as Barcelona will be determined to come back with all three points this time but are now naturally more cautious on their travels.
This can be done by backing the draw with a 1-0 handicap in Malaga’s favour.
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